Perri Sussman
Mezzo-Soprano
 

Biography

Native New Yorker Perri Sussman is a versatile mezzo-soprano who has performed repertoire ranging from classical to contemporary. Described as having "a most promising career awaiting her" (SoundWordSight), she has been on the rosters of prestigious companies including New York City Opera Renaissance, dell'Arte Opera Ensemble, Bronx Opera Company, Dicapo Opera Theatre, Regina Opera Company, Opera Company of Brooklyn, Amore Opera, and OperaOggiNY. Her roles with these companies include Angelina in La Cenerentola, Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, Javotte in Manon, Annina in La Traviata, Paggio in Rigoletto, La Suora Infermiera/Una Conversa in Suor Angelica, Third Spirit in The Magic Flute, and Second Daughter/Second Voice in Beauty and the Beast. She debuted the role of Alzubra in the world premiere of Made in America: The Interview with OperaOggiNY at Saint Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in New York City. For this performance, she was hailed as a “rich mezzo” and “a highlight of the evening” (Voce di meche). She was invited to perform with the New York Opera Alliance representing OperaOggiNY at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City and again the following year at the National Opera Center. She performed the Princess in the English language premiere of Dargomyzhsky's Rusalka. She was also one of the vocal soloists in the world premiere of Gilbert and Sullivan the Ballet! with Dances Patrelle.

Ms. Sussman was an Apprentice Artist with Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration Point where she performed Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflöte and Charlotte in A Little Night Music. Ms. Sussman has also made appearances with the New York Lyric Opera Theatre as Grimgerde in Die Walküre, Una Conversa in Suor Angelica, Le Prince Charmant in Cendrillon, and Tessa in The Gondoliers in such venues as the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, and the Leonard Nimoy Thalia Hall at Symphony Space.

Ms. Sussman made her Carnegie Hall debut in the 2011 Master Singer Finalist Concert for the Nico Castel International Master Singer Competition. She was named the 2012 Grand Prize Winner in the voice category of the Ensemble 212 Young Artist Competition. She was a finalist in the 2012 New York Lyric Opera Theatre Vocal Competition, and she won second place in the 2009 NATS New York City Chapter Student Vocal Auditions.

Ms. Sussman earned her Master's degree from the Manhattan School of Music where she performed Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor, and Un Pâtre in L’Enfant et les Sortilèges. She earned her Bachelor's degree from Westminster Choir College where she performed La Chatte in L’Enfant et les Sortilèges and covered Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro. She received the Lucille and Leo Martin Scholarship award after winning first place in the 2005 Westminster Scholarship Voice Competition. She has appeared in master classes led by Martina Arroyo, Margaret Lattimore, Ken Benson, Sesto Quatrini, Scott George, Willie Anthony Waters, Rebecca Sherburn, and Donatella Dorsi.

Ms. Sussman currently resides in New York City and studies voice with Mark Oswald.

 

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